Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 97,000
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $294.39 (9/20/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1904 S $5 MS obverse 1904 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1903 the San Francisco Mint produced 1.85 million half eagles, but in 1904 the number dropped precipitously, to only 97,000 pieces. In fact, the 1904-S half eagle is the lowest mintage S-mint since the 1894-S, which is also considered quite scarce. All of the other S-mint half eagle mintages during the 1895-1904 era range from more than 100,000 coins on the low side to a couple of million on the high side, in the case of the 1898-S, 1899-S, 1901-S, and 1903-S issues. An undoubted reason for the paucity of half eagles coined this year was San Francisco's prodigious output of double eagles, amounting to more than 5 million pieces. Concerning the 1904-S half eagle Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth write, 'Most of the coins seen for the date are Extremely Fine or About Uncirculated. Mint State examples are quite rare, choice and gem specimens are seldom seen.

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1904 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 425 435 450 475 500 500 525 540 610 800 975 1250 1725 3600 5250 13750 - - - - -
$ 505 535 575 675 900 1025 1375 1975 3900 7900 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 271
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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10/31/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1955, 1955/Lot# 1968 $418.00
7/17/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6141 $368.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 63   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2161 $2,415.00
3/4/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/04/2012, 10/Lot# 39379 $479.60
2/7/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Monthly World Coin Auction Session(1), 231210/Lot# 62086 $253.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5851 $4,112.50
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3861 $3,525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1904 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26530434839845055162068491810511227133315051949291034474431725410646158602396036667
2783183644154835746417629621109126213901653226930893775537283841238418560281950
000000641762962110912621390165322693089377553728384123841856000
0000006628401006116812971447180125893268410363139515141222126000
1904 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28833037542948459166373197511151299141015892051304736014617752211002163372460737553
30234539344751961568581210211176133614691743238332313939558586821278019093289220
0000006858121021117613361469174323833231393955858682127801909300
0000007088931068123713731529189727153416427865539842145582185000
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4431
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1949
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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